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Twin Cities teen author aims to help children connect with dementia

11/29/2018
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Because of the stigma around the disease, Edie Weinstein said many young people may not feel comfortable around people with dementia. But she hopes her book will help bring about greater understanding for those with dementia.

Duration:00:03:55

The love story of C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman

11/23/2018
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There's been plenty written about C.S. Lewis -- but not about the woman he fell in love with, who influenced his work.

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'Definitely not for the squeamish, but endlessly fascinating'

11/16/2018
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An ex-detective. A cult. A man who may or may not be dead. Intrigued?

Duration:00:01:47

A history of Minnesota's homegrown department stores

11/15/2018
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In her new book, "Thank You For Shopping,: Kristal Leebrick explores the golden era of Minnesota's department stores and the retail titans who helped shape some of the state's biggest cultural institutions.

Duration:00:04:41

This novel delivers a 'mix of horror and elegance'

11/2/2018
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Bookseller Annie Metcalf recommends a novel "for readers who want to be challenged and scared — but are also interested in new voices in translation."

Duration:00:02:02

Got what it takes to write a novel in one month?

11/1/2018
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Nov. 1 marks the start of National Novel Writing Month, and more than 600 writers in Minnesota are racing to write a novel by the end of the month.

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A shadowy book about the end of the world and the power of letters

10/26/2018
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In a world scarred by war and sickness, the bartering economy has returned and the unnamed narrator of "Scribe" makes a living writing letters for people. Then a man arrives who asks her to take down his confessions.

Duration:00:01:56

'Woman World': Where the future is female

10/19/2018
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Bookseller Emma Nichols recommends a comic collection centered on a post-apocalyptic world where men have gone extinct, and only women remain.

Duration:00:01:39

Little Free Library creator Todd Bol dies

10/18/2018
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Todd Bol launched the freestanding receptacles for books in 2010 as a tribute to his mother, who was a teacher.

A book that proposes 'every living thing has two bodies'

10/12/2018
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"I just finished it the other night, and I have been thinking about it for three days," says bookseller Daley Farr.

Duration:00:01:50

Author Leif Enger on story-light, character-heavy fiction

10/8/2018
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"People who have something going on are really interesting," said Enger.

Duration:01:18:00

Graphic novelist's latest book tackles the cruelty of youth

10/5/2018
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"Home After Dark" is the story of Russell, a youngster who becomes isolated after his parents split and he moves to a rural community in northern California.

Duration:00:04:07

Dessa describes 'My Own Devices'

10/3/2018
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The Minnesota musician describes why it was time to put her story in print instead of in an album.

Duration:00:50:21

South African's memoir details a life of not belonging

9/26/2018
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In "Always Another Country," Sisonke Msimang retraces the steps that led her to St. Paul and beyond.

Duration:00:03:03

Stonich's new novel revisits her North Country Minnesota roots

9/25/2018
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"Laurentian Divide" explores the everyday events and extraordinary turns of life in the northern woods.

Duration:00:02:03

Searching for Trump's America, via Greyhound bus

9/24/2018
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In Gary Shteyngart's "Lake Success," hedge fund managers are unhappy and white supremacists have found their voice.

Duration:00:02:42

A 'fresh, unpredictable' Western with a strong female lead

9/21/2018
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A powerful female character can be hard to find in Western fiction, but bookseller Aaron Cance recommends a novel which delivers just that.

Duration:00:02:20

An almost-too-real portrait of modern Russia

9/14/2018
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"It's very harsh and it's full of violence and incongruities, but it's also truly fully of the Russian spirit," says bookseller Kate Jacobs, about the novel "A Terrible Country."

Duration:00:02:22

'Hapless and helpless': A comedic adventure in higher education

9/13/2018
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"I am making fun of the most weird aspects of higher ed," said Julie Schumacher, author of "The Shakespeare Requirement."

Duration:00:49:13

'Housegirl' traces how immigration and assimilation can divide generations

9/11/2018
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English and Ghanaian culture collide in Michael Donkor's new novel, "Housegirl."

Duration:00:22:58